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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    Sue -- you sayin' you got a Mid-Mo mandola? OMG, I was playing mandolin for 10+ years before I bought my first 'dola. I foresee octave mandolin, mandocello, mandolin-banjo and even more in your...
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    Re: Stuck in customs

    Possible "urban legend" story: Gordon Lightfoot was touring in the US, had some guitar problems, got the guitar fixed while on tour, returned to Canada. Got busted by Canadian Customs for smuggling...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin (GDAE) vs Mandola (CGDA)

    I think octave mandolin is a good choice; [1] you use the same fingerings and chord shapes as mandolin (albeit dealing with a much longer scale, wider separated frets), and you already have two...
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    Re: New Mandolin Advice request

    Bernunzio's entire inventory isn't on their website; if you're considering a trip, give them a call first and see what they have. Dave Stutzman, just a bit west of Rochester, has a cheap Rogue, and...
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    Re: Any banjo experts out there?

    Yeah, my bad; as a banjoist I shoulda known better.



    Usually you can infer the presence or absence of a tone ring, by noting how the head folds over the edge of the rim. A tone ring typically...
  6. Re: Ceccherini 10 string mandolin in Belfast, advice needed

    One thing I'd like to add, is that we'd be interested to hear how you navigate the triple A and E courses on the Ceccherini. Additional strings to increase volume was a frequent strategy of...
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    Re: Any banjo experts out there?

    What info's available from the pics you posted (IMHO anyway):

    1. It's a 4-string, tenor banjo, rather than a 5-string, which would be the type used in bluegrass. You can determine this by the...
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    Re: Looking for an F-Style mandola gig bag

    I have my Stahl mandola in a Cordoba tenor ukulele bag; it's not an F-style, but the bag might accommodate a scroll.

    Traded my Eastman MDA-615, so I can't try fitting it in the Cordoba bag; sorry!
  9. Thread: Tuning up

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    Re: Tuning up

    For some reason, no one seems to take exception to a picker using a capo on a mandola, octave mandolin, bouzouki, or mandocello.

    Yet, I'd assume that the same "you oughta learn to play melody and...
  10. Re: Washburn (Regal) Model 2427 Two-Point Flatback

    French and Spanish! Quite the polymath, eh?
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    Re: Sierra Hull on Steven Colbert

    Don't disagree; Martin's love for banjo and folk/bluegrass music goes 'way back, before he became a comedy superstar, Hollywood actor, author, screenwriter, playwright, Renaissance man –– he's just...
  12. Re: Should a Beginner use a Marco Rebora Mandolin?

    A "beginner" can learn on any properly adjusted mandolin. Which one you want to acquire, may to some extent depend on what type of music you want to play once you learn. The other issue, alluded to...
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    Re: Sierra Hull on Steven Colbert

    Speaking of unlikely people to "front" bluegrass bands, what about Up-and-Coming Bluegrass Banjo Superstar Steve Martin?
  14. Re: key of G: #G (0023) etc what does it mean?

    Well, the key of G is "one sharp" in the key signature, so that might be related.

    Key of D is "two sharps," so there should be a second #.

    Otherwise -- well, give us a link to the thread you're...
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    Re: Is my new mando trash?

    Check out OP's 180 hate-love turn-around.

    And all because of a Cumberland bridge.
  16. Re: Old, quite unique flatback. Does anyone know anything about

    Is that "PAT'D OCT 26" stamped on it? Would argue for US manufacture, I guess.
  17. Re: Any clues as to the maker of this banjo-mandolin?

    I've never seen a resonator mandolin-banjo with the tailpiece attached to the resonator, rather than to the shell of the banjo itself. Concur with the hypothesis that a probably "trade" instrument...
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    Re: Vintage 1970s epiphone mm-70

    Here are the MM-70 specs from UsedPrice:


    Body Size F-Style
    Top Wood Solid Spruce
    Back Maple - Fiddleback
    Sides Maple - Figured
    Neck Wood Maple - Figured
    Frets 29, Nickel, Silver
    # of...
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    Re: Guitar Center

    Guitar Center's just the brick-and-mortar branch of Musician's Friend, really. So, why would you go to a "physical" store when you can access a larger, more diverse inventory from what's basically...
  20. Re: Old, quite unique flatback. Does anyone know anything about

    I think Dave K was wondering if it were made by Gelas, one of the more prominent French builders, who often made instruments with a double soundboard.

    Never seen anything like yours. The...
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    Re: questions about Washburn m1sd

    Danelectro, I believe...

    Now those guitars are quite collectible, believe it or not. Of course, with solid-body electrics, you can stick the pickups on just about any material; remember the Ampeg...
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    Re: Sigma M4 Looking for opinion data

    Here are the M-4 specs as shown in this Reverb ad:

    Specifications:
    Bound laminated Mahogany top.
    Bound laminated Mahogny back and sides.
    Unbound pickguard.
    Unbound headstock.
    Mahogany neck....
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    Re: Violinist- New to Mandolin- Any Advice?

    Watch your scale lengths: violin right around 13 inches, Gibson-styled mandolins about 7/8 inch longer. Notes will be in slightly different places, though the fact that mandolin necks are fretted...
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    Re: Sierra Hull on Steven Colbert

    Country singers from Molly O'Day to Tom T. Hall, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Dan Fogelberg, etc., etc. have made albums with bluegrass instrumentation. Anyone remember Skeeter Davis's I Love Flatt...
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    Re: Heron Creek on Baltimore Craigs

    Facebook page for the luthier.
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